Quinten Jordan has been named NASA Central’s new Spec Miata series leader for 2019. NASA Central extends its thanks to Zane Dexter, who held the position since the region’s inception in 2011.

Racing runs in the Jordan family blood. Jordan’s father Chuck is a hall-of- fame flat-track motorcycle racer, who also raced GP bikes locally, in addition to Midgets, Sprint and Super Modifieds in the 50s and 60s.

Under his father’s guidance, Jordan started racing BMX with a break for service in the Army. After a long layoff, Jordan dove head-first into HPDE, buying entering his first NASA event at Motorsports Park Hastings in 2014. For the 2015 season, he bought a tired Spec Miata and prepared it for racing while finishing up the HPDE program. All his hard work paid off with a third-place finish in the Central Region championship in 2017, and a hard-fought battle for the championship in 2018, finishing second by just a few points. Jordan plans to grow Spec Miata by enticing new drivers into this great class.

“I am looking forward to 2019 and beyond as we work to grow Spec Miata in the Central Region,” Jordan said. “My goals are to grow the series and increase competition.”

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In American Iron, Ted Johnson is taking on the role of series leader for 2019 as Jeff Demitri goes back to focusing on racing his Mustang full time. Johnson started his motorsports adventure back in 1991 when he discovered autocrossing. In 1992, he attended the Skip Barber Racing School, culminating that part of his racing career when he nabbed second in the Winfield Competition. Johnson is a three-time Midwest Champion in American Sedan, and he started racing with NASA in American Iron in 2013. Since coming to NASA, Johnson has become a highly respected instructor and fulfilled one of his racing dreams by competing in the 2018 NASA Championships held at COTA. Johnson’s enthusiasm for muscle cars will keep American Iron growing into the future.

“American Iron is one of the staples of NASA, from its original roots in the 90s and the class is still going strong,” Johnson said. “2019 and beyond should see great competition, fun and excitement.”

Jeremy Butcher, Central Region Director added, “I am excited to bring Quinten and Ted onto our team. They both have enthusiasm for our sport that will benefit everyone.”

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